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Virtual Bulletin – 5/24/20

May 24, 2020 – Seventh Sunday of Easter

WORSHIP

Sorry about the Zoom link last week.  It was zoom’s problem as many many churches experienced the same thing. Prayerfully they do not have the same problem this week.  Everything else remains the same.  10AM, Lord’s Supper for those present.

Bulletin/Worship Link Here – May 24, 2020

Zoom (same as before): https://zoom.us/j/6458485288

Devotion & Prayer Thought

In our Thursday bible study a very true thought was expressed.  Paraphrasing: “I’ve gone to church all my life, we’ve been “off” long enough that going back will be tough.”  We are creatures of habit.  Some habits, like going to church, are good ones.  We call good habits virtues.  Some habits, like cursing, are bad ones.  We call them vices.  St. Peter tells us “make every effort to respond to God’s promises. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone. The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. (2 Pet. 1:5-8 NLT)” And it is not that we ever fully possess a virtue in this life.  Satan is always prowling like a lion looking for whom he might devour.  But what I would say is that a well-honed virtue is a steady walk with the Holy Spirit.  The act of the will to do the right is the spiritual athletic equivalent of the athlete’s muscle memory.  A practiced pitcher doesn’t think where to throw, they just do and it goes to the right place.  But when we fall out of practice, that muscle memory isn’t as sure.  Strikes become balls.  We need to cognitively think about it.  And that is the work.  That is why it is hard.  Because thinking is hard.  We must align our mind and our wills again.  And Satan will work against that.  Even our own flesh will.  We have to think, get up and go to church, when our trained muscles are heading to the coffee pot and enjoying an extra bit of sleep.

I obviously think regular worship is a good virtue to develop.  We will ask the confirmands next week if they intend to make diligent use of the means of grace.  And the hoped for answer is yes.  But at this moment of tipping.  When new habits might have been formed that we might need to break.  When old virtues are going to need to be resurrected.  It might also be a good time, as we are already engaging the mind to change the will, to ask what other efforts should we be making to supplement faith with a generous provision of moral excellence?  How shall we collectively (or individually) add virtues and break vices?

UPCOMING ACTIVITIES FOR WEEK OF:  May 25th – June 1st

Wed., Fri.: ……………… 8:00am    Preschool

Tuesday: ……………..… 3:00pm     Conf. Cls – 1st yr

Thursday: …………….. 10:00am     Bible Study

Sunday: ………………….   9:00am    Bible Study and Sunday School

                                          10:00am    Worship

BIBLE STUDIES

  • Thurs 10am: We will be reading the book of Zechariah for the next couple of weeks at least – the short OT Revelation.  If you want to zoom in please contact me and I’ll be sure to make it live.
  • Life Application Fellowship (LAF):  Thanks to Nick for all he did this past year! Keep a look out here and in your email for future plans for LAF.
  • Confirmation: 

Year 1: We are meeting on zoom for the time being.  3PM Tuesdays.  Lord’s Prayer.  We will be working through the worksheet as I share my screen.  Please bring your catechism and a bible.

Year 2: Confirmation proper is Pentecost, which is May 31st since we are open.Congrats to our confirmands.

RUMMAGE SALE … June 27th

We are now accepting donations for the Rummage Sale; they can be dropped off in the Multipurpose Room.  If you would like to help with this event please contact Miss Kelly at 334-4130

Virtual Bulletin – May 17th

May 17, 2020 – Sixth Sunday of Easter

WORSHIP

The finger lakes region of the Governor’s report has been cleared to start opening.  May 15th (Friday) is the last day of the stay at home orders.  Which means what I’ve been speculating on the last couple of weeks is reality.

This Sunday worship is at 10 AM.  Our stated capacity is 132 people, so 25% is 33 exactly. So, based on recent attendance patterns, we should have no problem with that. Unless everyone surprises me and comes back in person immediately.  We will continue to stream the service on the Zoom link.

We will be holding the Lord’s Supper for those present. Receiving, like attending in person, will be at your freedom and prudence. Three notes. The first is that we will be having the sacrament weekly for the foreseeable future. So there is no pressure that “I missed it.” The second is that, as the hymnal shows, there will be a separation between the services of the Word and the Sacrament. After the prayers of the church, any online or local who do not wish to commune will be dismissed with blessing. One does not need to leave, but one may. This is still the practice of the Eastern Orthodox, and it was LCMS practice in many places well into the 1970’s. (I experienced it growing up in my home church.) After, the service of the sacrament will continue for all remaining. The last is that we will be using a continuous line and individual cups only.  This should allow us to maintain distancing and minimize the number of people involved in distribution.

Bulletin/Worship Link Here – May 17, 2020

Zoom (same as before): https://zoom.us/j/6458485288

Devotion & Prayer Thought

I have been thinking about two things, really one but in two directions.  The one great thing is simply Luther’s great Catechism question: What does this mean?  And the simple part is backward looking.  What does what we have experienced mean?  Maybe it is all just sound and fury meaning nothing.  But I am not a nihilist.  And proclaiming a meaning is the roll of a prophet if he has the Word of the Lord.  And I think the Word of the Lord in these cases is as it always is during a Day of the Lord when things are revealed.  It is a time to reflect and repent.  That is what Jesus says in Luke 13 when asked about a couple of tragedies.  “Do you think this suffering means that they were worse than you? No, I tell you, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. (Luke 13:1-5)”  The Christian answer to suffering is a call to personal examination and repentance.  Collective suffering isn’t some unjust punishment from a capricious God, but a merciful reminder of his coming justice on all mankind.  Today is a day of grace.  Revelation depicts this as four angels at the four corners holding back the winds (Rev 7:1) until all the people of God are sealed.  Today we can baptize.  Today we can remember our baptism.  Today we can remember who are lives rest in. Today we can rejoice is Christ our savior.

But then I turn forward looking, because this is going to be with us for a while.  What does it mean?  Immediately after those passages in Luke 13 Jesus tells the parable of the barren fig tree.  You know it.  A man has planted and for three years it has done nothing.  He wants to take it out, but is convinced to give it another year.  His vinedresser pleads with him, “I’ll dig around, put on manure, give it extra care, and if it is still fruitless, then cut it down.”  The Christian Life is always about repentance.  That was Luther’s first of the 95 theses.  It is also the first beatitude, “blessed are the poor in Spirit.”  That Christian Life is also about fruitfulness.  When the Day of the Lord has come and revealed itself to us, what must happen?  We live it.  It has been a long lent.  This year Pentecost is just around the corner.  We will be asking confirmands on that day some hard questions.  The correct answers of course are known and given, but they are still asked not just to them but to us who have been planted for many a year.  Do you intend to live according to the Word of God, in faith, word and deed, to remain true to God, Father Son and Holy Spirit, even to death?  Is your salvation out there, outside of the vineyard, or is it in the Lord?  We’ve been given another year.  Live it fruitfully.

UPCOMING ACTIVITIES FOR WEEK OF:  May 18th – 24th

Mon., Wed., Fri.: ……… 8:00am     Preschool

Monday: ……………….  6:00pm    Women’s Group meeting on Zoom

Tuesday: ……………..… 3:00pm     Conf. Cls – 1st yr

Thursday: ……………… Brownie baking & Beef cooking day

                                          10:00am     Bible Study

Friday: …………………  Potato Salad & Beef on Weck Prep day

Saturday: ………………  Beef on Weck Fundraising Dinner

Sunday: ………………….   9:00am    Bible Study and Sunday School

                                           10:00am    Worship

BIBLE STUDIES

  • Thurs 10am: We will be reading the book of Haggai this week.  If you want to zoom in please contact me and I’ll be sure to make it live.
  • Life Application Fellowship (LAF):  Thanks to Nick for all he did this past year! Keep a look out here and in your email for future plans for LAF.
  • Confirmation: 

Year 1: We are meeting on zoom for the time being.  3PM Tuesdays.  Lord’s Prayer.  We will be working through the worksheet as I share my screen.  Please bring your catechism and a bible.

Year 2: Confirmation proper is Pentecost, which is May 31st since we are open.Congrats to our confirmands.

WOMEN’S GROUP … Monday, May 18th at 6pm on Zoom https://zoom.us/j/6458485288

BEEF ON WECK … May 23rd … save the date! 

In order to accommodate our new normal, we are setting up the Spring Beef on Weck as a DRIVE THRU.  This means that people will arrive in their cars, place their order and pay all while remaining in their cars.  Their order will be packed up and brought out to them.  Our workers will wear masks and social distancing will be applied in all possible situations.  If you would like to help please contact Mindy (489-4972) or Ellen (201-0756).

RUMMAGE SALE … June 27th

We are now accepting donations for the Rummage Sale; they can be dropped off in the Multipurpose Room.  If you would like to help with this event please contact Miss Kelly at 334-4130

Virtual Bulletin – May 10 – 5th Sunday of Easter

WORSHIP

TL/DR:

  • Unless the governor extends the “pause”, this week (5/10) is the last 9AM and 11AM
  • Next week (5/17) we return to 10 AM and the 50 person limit (although I honestly expect less present)
  • We will continue to stream on Zoom
  • The Lord’s Supper schedule and distribution will be altered: every Sunday, dismissal for those not taking, continuous line to observe distancing
  • Bulletin/Worship Link Here – May 10, 2020
  • Zoom (same as before): https://zoom.us/j/6458485288

As I type Friday, May 15th continues to be the last day of the governor’s current guidance. For this week (May 10th) we will continue to meet under the 10 person guidance at 9 AM and 11 AM with the Zoom streaming being live at each.

Looking forward past May 15th, the first Sunday would be May 17th. Rochester is already clear of most hurdles for “Phase 1”. NYS has not published any hard-recommended limits (at least that I can find). The limit prior to the current 10 order, was 50 people. Other states are implementing a fortnight (2 weeks) by fortnight increase from 25% to 50% to 75% to full stated capacity. Our stated capacity is 132 people, so 25% is 33 exactly. So, based on recent attendance patterns, starting May 17th, we will be returning to regular service time 10 AM. We will continue to stream that service on the Zoom link. There are different levels of comfort and risk involved, and people are at different places. I’m assuming that we will be under that 33 number.  I honestly expect that first week (May 17th) to most likely be the sum of the week before which would be a little under 20 present locally with about 30 “blocks” online.  And it is in Christian freedom and prudential wisdom whether you attend online or in person.

Starting on the 17th we will be holding the Lord’s Supper for those present. Receiving, like attending in person, will be at your freedom and prudence. There will be two modifications to schedule for this. The first is that we will be having the sacrament weekly for the foreseeable future. The second is that, as the hymnal shows, there will be a separation between the services of the Word and the Sacrament. After the prayers of the church, all online and those local who do not wish to commune, will be dismissed with blessing. One does not need to leave, but one may. This is still the practice of the Eastern Orthodox, and it was LCMS practice in many places well into the 1970’s. (I experienced it growing up in my home church.) After, the service of the sacrament will continue for all remaining.  One last modification that truly pains me but I think appropriate. We will not be using the altar rail but be receiving in continuous line.  For those that have received ashes on Ash Wednesday, like that.  This will allow families or individuals to maintain 6 ft of separation while receiving.

Bulletin/Worship Link Here – May 10, 2020

Zoom (same as before): https://zoom.us/j/6458485288

Devotion & Prayer Thought

I don’t know about you, but I’m done. And what I mean by done is I just don’t trust my feelings, responses, intuitions or anything right now. I lost my temper over something really and truly insignificant. And 10 minutes after the fact I was asking myself what was that about? And I had no answer beyond I’m done. At family dinner I asked Ethan how he liked Casey at the Bat, an assigned reading that the baseball mad kid should love. Without anything else in between, he immediate broke into tears. What was an honest question, he took as Dad once again getting on his case about doing the work assigned. Which with three kids acting like sloths all day around the house has been a thing. They are done. Likewise I have seen others express some similar things in various places.  We are done.

The “New Commandment” of Maundy Thursday is “Love one another (John 13:34).” That continues to define love as the way Jesus has loved us which is putting us above even his own life. But even in a pandemic, most of us are not called to die for another. So I turn to 1 Corinthians 13 where Paul tells us what love means. Right now, I think many of us are defaulting to being noisy gongs or clanging symbols. We may be right, we may have every right. But acting on it lacks love. And if I don’t have love, I’m am nothing.

Yes, I am done. And when I am done I ask, Lord let me have a little of your love. I need it. Because I need to be a little more patient and kind, even with myself. I need to be a little less concerned about being right and a little more about being rude. We are all done and all just trying to chart a course through. Let me bear a little bit more. And in that see a small reflection of your cross, which is my hope.

UPCOMING ACTIVITIES FOR WEEK OF:  May 11th – 17th

Mon., Wed., & Fri.:   8:00am    Preschool

Tuesday: …………..  3:00pm    Conf. Cls – 1st yr

Thursday: ………..  10:00am    Bible Study

3:30pm    Conf. Cls – 2nd yr

                                     7:00pm    LAF

Sunday: ……………   10:00am  Worship

BIBLE STUDIES

  • Thurs 10am: Roughly the same as worship, if you wish to be here, up to our normal 3-4, fine.  If our bible study gets crowded all of a sudden, I will throw you out! If you want to join on the Zoom line (same as the worship one) I’ll be logging that in. We will be finishing Zephaniah. If you would like to join and want the “prep sheet” just email me.
  • Life Application Fellowship (LAF):  Fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Please join us! Meeting Thurs. May 14th, on Zoom
  • Confirmation: 

Year 1: We are meeting on zoom for the time being.  3PM Tuesdays.  Lord’s Prayer.  We will be working through the worksheet as I share my screen.  Please bring your catechism and a bible.

Year 2: Right now, confirmation proper is still scheduled for Pentecost, which is May 31st. I’m thinking that we will be open by then.

LORD’S SUPPER

Until we are back to regular worship schedule (more above), we are foregoing the Lord’s Supper.  If you desire the sacrament in the meantime, private confession and the sacrament are available by talking with pastor.

BEEF ON WECK … May 23rd … save the date! 

In order to accommodate our new normal, we are setting up the Spring Beef on Weck as a DRIVE THRU.  This means that people will arrive in their cars, place their order and pay all while remaining in their cars.  Their order will be packed up and brought out to them.  Our workers will wear masks and social distancing will be applied in all possible situations. If you would like to help please contact Mindy (489-4972) or Ellen (201-0756).

RUMMAGE SALE … June 27th

We are now accepting donations for the Rummage Sale; they can be dropped off in the Multipurpose Room.  If you would like to help with this event please contact Miss Kelly at 334-4130

Virtual Bulletin – May 3, 2020 – Fourth Sunday of Easter

WORSHIP

As I type Friday, May 15th is the last day of the governor’s current guidance. For this week and next (May 10th) we will continue to meet under the 10 person guidance at 9 AM and 11 AM with the Zoom streaming being live at each.

 Looking forward past May 15th, the first Sunday would be May 17th. Rochester is already clear of most hurdles for “Phase 1”. NYS has not published any hard-recommended limits (at least that I can find). The limit prior to the current 10 order, was 50 people. Other states are implementing a fortnight (2 weeks) by fortnight increase from 25% to 50% to 75% to full stated capacity. Ours stated capacity is 132 people, so 25% is 33 exactly. So, based on recent attendance patterns, starting May 17th, we will be returning to regular service time 10 AM. We will continue to stream that service on the Zoom link. There are different levels of comfort and risk involved, and people are at different places. I’m assuming that we will be under that 33 number.  I honestly expect that first week (May 17th) to most likely be the sum of the week before which would be a little under 20 present locally with about 30 “blocks” online.  And it is in Christian freedom and prudential wisdom whether you attend online or in person.

Starting on the 17th we will be holding the Lord’s Supper for those present. Receiving, like attending in person, will be at your freedom and prudence. There will be two modifications to schedule for this. The first is that we will be having the sacrament weekly for the foreseeable future. The second is that, as the hymnal shows, there will be a separation between the services of the Word and the Sacrament. After the prayers of the church, any online or local who do not wish to commune will be dismissed with blessing. One does not need to leave, but one may. This is still the practice of the Eastern Orthodox, and it was LCMS practice in many places well into the 1970’s. (I experienced it growing up in my home church.) After, the service of the sacrament will continue for all remaining.

Bulletin/Worship Link Here – May 3, 2020

Zoom (same as before): https://zoom.us/j/6458485288

Devotion & Prayer Thought

Joshua chapter 4 is one that I find myself thinking of. Moses is dead and so is the generation that came out of Egypt. When they approached the Jordan, they failed to cross out of fear. The Canaanites were too big and too numerous they thought. And so Israel spent 40 years in the wilderness.  Approaching the Jordan again, Joshua sends spies into the land again. This time they return saying “truly the Lord has given all the land into our hand.”  And so they prepare to cross the Jordan.  And the Lord gives Joshua the commands for how to do this. The first is that the priests carried the ark of the covenant before the people. And when their feet touched the water, the Jordan stopped.  The waters coming down piled up, and the waters flowing on went on, and the people crossed on dry land. The priests stood in the middle of the dry riverbed while Israel passed around them.  The second thing is that while they passed, each tribe took one large stone out of the riverbed from where the priests stood and brought it across and gave it to Joshua.

Joshua set those 12 stones up and told the gathered Israel, “When your children ask what these stones mean, you shall tell them, Israel passed over the Jordan on dry ground. For the Lord your God dried up the water of the Jordan for you to pass over.”  That is the source of the old word Ebenezer. Eben is stone in Hebrew. Like the old hymn Come, Thou Font of Every Blessing (LSB 686), “Here I raise my Ebenezer, hither by thy help I’ve come. And I hope, by Thy good pleasure, safely to arrive at home…”. We are surrounded by set up stones. Churches large and small. Cathedrals and New England clapboards with red doors. From coast to coast. And each one says the same thing. We put aside fear and walked into the chaos of the waters, and the Lord dried them up. We passed over on dry ground. That dry ground is not a life without challenges. Joshua and Israel still had to take the land from a people who were not just going to leave. That dry ground is the presence of the Lord in the middle of the waters. It is the Ark standing in the midst of Israel.

We gather at these places to remind ourselves. Don’t fear, the Lord is with you. To hear again that we are on our way home. The Lord has gone before us and made safe the way. And it is his good pleasure to give you the promised land. Put aside the fear and Cross the Jordan, wherever that river might be.

UPCOMING ACTIVITIES FOR WEEK OF:  May 4th – 10th

Mon., Wed., & Fri.: ……  9:00am    Preschool

Tuesday: ……………..… 3:00pm    Conf. Cls – 1st yr

Thursday: …………….. 10:00am    Bible Study

                                         3:30pm    Conf. Cls – 2nd yr

Sunday: …………………   9:00am    Worship

                            11:00am    Worship

                            11:15am    Choir practice

  • Thurs 10am: Roughly the same as worship, if you wish to be here, up to our normal 3-4, fine.  If our bible study gets crowded all of a sudden, I will throw you out! If you want to join on the Zoom line (same as the worship one) I’ll be logging that in. We will be reading and discussing Zephaniah. It is strangely apt.
  • Confirmation: 

Year 1: We are meeting on zoom for the time being.3PM Tuesdays.Lord’s Prayer.We will be working through the worksheet as I share my screen.Please bring your catechism and a bible.

Year 2: We were supposed to be on final review, but since not even the school is testing…Right now, confirmation proper is still scheduled for Pentecost, which is May 31st. I’m thinking that we will be open by then.I’m still thinking about something in place of the “Elder Review” probably in late May.Watch here next week and I’ll be in contact.

  • Life Application Fellowship (LAF):  Fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Please join us!

Meeting Thurs. May 14th, on Zoom

LORD’S SUPPER

Until we are back to regular worship schedule (more above), we are foregoing the Lord’s Supper.  If you desire the sacrament in the meantime, private confession and the sacrament are available by talking with pastor.

BEEF ON WECK … May 23rd … save the date! 

In order to accommodate our new normal, we are setting up the Spring Beef on Weck as a DRIVE THRU.  This means that people will arrive in their cars, place their order and pay all while remaining in their cars.  Their order will be packed up and brought out to them.  Our workers will wear masks and social distancing will be applied in all possible situations. If you would like to help please contact Mindy (489-4972) or Ellen (201-0756).

PRESCHOOL NEWS

Dear Congregation and Families,

I can’t believe the school year is almost over it sure went by fast. This year will be a year that no one should ever forget! The preschool is still open with four children attending.  Please contact me when you are ready to bring your kids back to school.  We can only pray and hope that things will turn around soon.  We will be having Muffins with Moms but it will be short and sweet.

The Rummage Sale WILL be happening this summer.  We will share the date in the near future.  In the meantime, please bring your donations in and leave them in the Multipurpose Room. We are planning to hold the event outside.

I hope and pray that everyone is staying safe and healthy. The best thing that everyone can do is pray for one another during these hard times. 

                                                                                                                        God Bless,  Miss Kelly

Virtual Bulletin – April 26

April 26, 2020 – Third Sunday of Easter

Devotion & Prayer Thought

The very first thing I wrote about all this was, “we are all going to get this”. And I think this is still the great unexpressed truth. Yes, all might be an over expression as herd immunity is reached somewhere around 60% around which it becomes harder to push it higher, but close enough. Then when you realize that this is really SARS-2, SARS-1 was also a corona virus, and that there is not a vaccine for SARS-1, and that these types of viruses return yearly, and that while your immune system maintains some recognition we can get the flu each year because of small mutations…saying that we are all going to get this still feels right.  This is now a fact of life more like what polio used to be if nowhere near a deadly, although dangerous enough. And being a fact of life means that it is not really a physical problem but a spiritual one.

The 23rd Psalm always contained two lines that caused us post-Salk folks to scratch their heads. “walk through the valley of the shadow of death” and “prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.”  Constant opposition requiring perseverance is not our felt experience. Without downgrading our suffering, simply because it is still ours, it has been different than folks in most times and places who experienced physical risk all the time. And we are completely unprepared spiritually for this reality. We are using muscles that haven’t been flexed in a couple generations. And part of this is adapting to the reality that this virus may simply be the restoration of the pre-Salk situation.  Even if we do develop a vaccine, is it not likely to be like the current vaccines for flu -vaguely effective, but it keeps coming back? Not Salk like?

So part of the Spiritual task before us is to restore perseverance.  The new normal really isn’t what our “experts” think about.  Dramatic changes to ways of life. The new normal is more akin to the Cold War. Yes, nuclear bombs could be here in 20 mins. But only unstable neurotics focused on that constantly. The rest of us lived with it.  We walked through the valley. That is what we are relearning in the face of a virus. It is going to take some longer than others. Many have zero spiritual resources to do this.

It requires faith. A faith in the benevolent providence of God, even when seated in front of your enemies. A faith that God intends good. “Goodness and mercy will follow all the days of our life.”  Even as death stalks the valley. And a faith that this existence is a preparation. “I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”

We have lived in a time theologically focused on love. And Paul does say the greatest of these is love. But love is the great eschatological virtue. Today, it abides though faith and hope. Faith and hope to keep walking. To dine in the face of your enemies knowing that “bane or blessing by his cross are sanctified. Peace there is that knows no measure. Joys that through all time abide.”

Baby Steps

So, knowing fully that many aren’t there, I’m still going to open a conversation of what things look like as we make baby steps out of our frozen fear.  The first thing is the recognition that we are not all going to become unfrozen at the same rate and pace. Like the old sodium lights, you can turn them off and they went off, but turning them on took some time to warm up. And that is fine, because we have to learn to walk this together. Also, I’m not putting hard dates on anything here, because I don’t know that yet, and some of that depends upon politics.

There are two particular baby steps I want to think about.  The first is the streaming of worship. This is something we originally did out of necessity. I think it is going to be something we keep. We are going to keep it for the immediate future because of different rates of people becoming comfortable gathering. I think we are going to keep it for the longer future because there are those who can’t be present. I have been heartened to see so many names and faces pop up on the screen over these Sundays. This is something that we can do to walk together. The second baby step I want to start thinking about is returning to regular worship schedule. For the immediate future, the two times divide us nicely to abide by the 10 people and 6 ft guidelines. I don’t know if those get extended by the Governor, but right now May 15th is the extent of his guidelines.  Sometime after that resuming a unified 10 AM service would seem correct.

There are other mileposts: the Lord’s Supper, Confirmation/Pentecost, Choir.  Those will come. But today, baby steps thinking together.

BIBLE STUDIES

  • Thurs 10am: Roughly the same as worship, if you wish to be here, up to our normal 3-4, fine.  If our bible study gets crowded all of a sudden, I will throw you out! If you want to join on the Zoom line (same as the worship one) I’ll be logging that in.  We were prepared to read Zephaniah before all this.  It is strangely apt.
  • Confirmation: 

Year 1: We are meeting on zoom for the time being.3PM Tuesdays.Lord’s Prayer.We will be working through the worksheet as I share my screen.Please bring your catechism and a bible.

Year 2: Thursdays at 3:30PM on zoom.We are looking at the final review.Right now, confirmation proper is still scheduled for Pentecost, which is May 31st.I’m hoping that we will be open by then.And I’m working on what to do about the traditional elder board review of confirmands.Watch here.

  • Life Application Fellowship (LAF):  Fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Please join us!

Meeting Thurs. April 30th , on Zoom

LORD’S SUPPER

Until we are back to regular worship schedule, we are foregoing the Lord’s Supper.  If you desire the sacrament in the meantime, private confession and the sacrament are available by talking with pastor.

WORSHIP

Worship will continue to be as per the last month. 9AM and 11AM.  The bulletin will be posted online.  The service will be streamed on zoom.  The doors will be open.  We’ve had about 10 present, every family in their own pew, with plenty of distance.  Any choice is left to Christian Freedom.  Neither way is better or worse.  One big ask, if you have any prayer requests, please send them to pastor, or use the zoom chat line early to send them in.  I’ve got David monitoring Zoom, but to ensure we have good audio means that I’m usually away from the screen.

Bulletin/Worship Link Here – April 26, 2020

Zoom (same as before): https://zoom.us/j/6458485288

BEEF ON WECK … May 23rd … save the date! 

In order to accommodate our new normal, we are setting up the Spring Beef on Weck as a DRIVE THRU.  This means that people will arrive in their cars, place their order and pay all while remaining in their cars.  Their order will be packed up and brought out to them.  Our workers will wear masks and social distancing will be applied in all possible situations.  If you would like to help please contact Mindy (489-4972) or Ellen (201-0756).

Virtual Bulletin – April 19

April 19, 2020 – Second Sunday of Easter

BIBLE STUDIES

  • Thurs 10am: Sorry, for lack of direction here. This is what I’m going to do for the time being.  Roughly the same as worship, if you wish to be here, up to our normal 3-4, fine.  If our bible study gets crowded all of a sudden, I will throw you out! smiley  If you want to join on the Zoom line (same as the worship one) I’ll be logging that in.  I’ve had a couple weeks with confirmation and LAF, so I think I’m climbing the curve for making that worthwhile.
  • Confirmation: 

Year 1: We are meeting on zoom for the time being.  3PM Tuesdays.  Lord’s Prayer.  We will be working through the worksheet as I share my screen.  Please bring your catechism and a bible.

Year 2: Thursdays at 3:30PM on zoom.  We have finished out “comparative religion” course.  We are going to turn to the final review.  Right now, confirmation proper is still scheduled for Pentecost, which is May 31st.  I’m hoping that we will be open by then.  And I’m working on what to do about the traditional elder board review of confirmands.  Watch here.

  • Life Application Fellowship (LAF):  Fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Please join us!

Meeting Thurs. April 16th and 30th , on Zoom

LORD’S SUPPER

Until we are back to regular worship schedule, we are foregoing the Lord’s Supper.  If you desire the sacrament in the meantime, private confession and the sacrament are available by talking with pastor.

WORSHIP

Worship will continue to be as per the last month. 9AM and 11AM.  The bulletin will be posted online.  The service will be streamed on zoom.  The doors will be open.  We’ve had about 10 present, every family in their own pew, with plenty of distance.  Any choice is left to Christian Freedom.  Neither way is better or worse.  One big ask, if you have any prayer requests, please send them to pastor, or use the zoom chat line early to send them in.  I’ve got David monitoring Zoom, but to ensure we have good audio means that I’m usually away from the screen.

Bulletin/Worship Link Here – April 19, 2020

Zoom (same as before): https://zoom.us/j/6458485288

BEEF ON WECK … May 23rd … save the date! 

In order to accommodate our new normal, we are setting up the Spring Beef on Weck as a DRIVE THRU.  This means that people will arrive in their cars, place their order and pay all while remaining in their cars.  Their order will be packed up and brought out to them.  Our workers will wear masks and social distancing will be applied in all possible situations. If you would like to help please contact Mindy or Ellen.

Devotion & Prayer Thought

An aquaintence asked a great question this week. Did Death come into being as a result of the fall, or was death transformed into an enemy as a result of the fall?  That is a very deep question with lots domino effects that go much deeper than a short devotion.  We have a default answer, or at least we have one that we would jump to if we remember our catechism, but I’m not so sure the biblical answer is an either/or.  This might be one of those times the bible would simply say “yes” which scrambles all our human logic.  The way the Apostle Paul talks in Romans 6:23 (“the wages of sin is death”) would be that default, death came into being.  And that leads to our default justification.  Jesus paid the penalty for our sin by his death.  But the Bible also speaks about this in the other way.  One of my favorite texts comes from Hebrews 2:14-15. 

 Because God’s children are human beings– made of flesh and blood– the Son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the devil, who had the power of death.  Only in this way could he set free all who have lived their lives as slaves to the fear of dying.

Here the problem is not death itself, but our fear of it.  And it is not death, but the one who holds it, Satan, that is the problem.  The power Satan, his ability to get us to sin, was through the fear of death.  C.S. Lewis ponders some of this in his Space Trilogy.  His unfallen Martians die, but death is not an enemy.  It is a gateway and those unfallen Martians do not fear it.  They trust God.  Our problem is we didn’t, and now death is our enemy rightly to be feared.  We live, or we lived, as slaves to that fear.  Acquiring everything we can to stave off its shaddow.  The justification worked by Jesus here is triumph.  He broke the power of the devil.  He took death away from him and set us free from fear.

The Easter Season has two great themes.  The first is simply: Stop Fearing.  Christ is risen.  You too will rise.  You can now live like those unfallen Martians trusting in God’s providence whatever he sends you. He has set you free from the fear that enslaved you, because you live in the love of God’s son Jesus.  The second great theme of Easter – faith or trust.  There are lots of rumors about what happened on Easter.  Depending upon what you believe, will change you freedom.  Some have seen – the Apostles, Paul on the road to Damascus, the great mystics and quite a few saints.  We think they are blessed, and they are.  But the greater blessing, because of the greater faith, rests on those who have not seen, and yet believed.  Peter, who saw, puts it this way. “though you have not seen him, you love him.  Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy…obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.”  Stop Fearing and believe.  Christ has this.

May the Lord in the midst of tribulation bless our souls to believe in HIs victory which he freely gives to us.  Satan’s arrows broken lie, the gates of heaven are open. Amen.